Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to give their full and immediate backing to the plan for a federal corruption watchdog drawn up by a significant number of respected corruption fighters, retired judges and legal people.
“It would be political suicide if Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten fail to back a national anti-corruption body,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“With more than 40 top anti-corruption advocates and the Australia Institute backing a federal ICAC, politicians can no longer get away with the ridiculous assertion that there is no corruption at the federal level so no action is needed.
“The Greens have been advocating for a national ICAC since Bob Brown’s bill in 2010 and our National Integrity Commission Bill is currently before the Senate.
“We strongly endorse this plan and I warmly congratulate the Australia Institute and all those involved in this initiative.